Warehousing is a vital part of most logistics operations. However, this kind of activity presents several safety risks, such as cargo theft, equipment accidents, and staff injuries. In order to prevent your business from these incidents, there are some warehouse safety measures you must follow.
On this post, we will guide you throughout the main aspects to consider to ensure the safeness of your processes. Whether you are an employer, supervisor, manager or entrepreneur in the logistics segment, keep these warehouse safety tips in mind for your business to have a good performance when it comes to executing warehousing activities.
Remember: it is your legal requirement to implement and maintain warehouse safety procedures in your business’ workplace!
Warehouse safety tips
1- Provide employees with appropriate equipment
When it comes to managing warehouses, safety should always come first. In order to minimize the chances of any of your employees getting injured in the workplace, make sure that all the staff in your warehousing facility wears proper protective equipment (PPE) – regardless of how minimal the risks involved in their activities are.
The equipment worn by each employee is defined according to their job. Professionals required to lift and carry heavy loads should always be provided with forklifts or dollies, for example. In addition to that, make sure to provide all essential safety amenities to your staff, such as bright lights, designed workstations and separate lanes for forklift and pedestrian traffic.
2- Train your staff on a frequent basis
Even wearing the proper equipment, your employees can still cause accidents that result in financial damages to your business if they aren’t properly trained. This is why it is extremely important to provide them with extensive training in warehouse safety practices from the moment they’re hired.
And don’t forget to offer periodic follow-up training sessions to make sure that all the instructions are fresh on their mind and maintain a strong culture of workplace safety. This training should include how to handle emergency situations!
3- Constantly check your equipment/facility
Providing all the necessary safety equipment and installations at your warehousing facilities is not enough. You should also keep track of the long-term effectiveness of your warehouse safety procedures.
To do so, define what is the recommended frequency to conduct a safety audit on each work instrument handled by your staff. These regular check-ups are essential to identify potential hazards or unsafe working conditions that, if not solved, could result in an accident. Some examples of audits are ensuring all warehouse vehicles,
4- Follow all Safety Procedures and Regulations
Although providing the right conditions for your employee’s safety is a must, you should also make sure that the goods you maintain in your warehouse are safe and properly stored.
If something happens with your merchandise you could have a huge financial prejudice, therefore, don’t forget to take all the necessary caution to prevent your facility from incidents like fires, cargo theft, and inappropriate warehouse conditions.
If you store climate sensitive goods, for example, make sure to install equipment to control the temperature in your facility and not harm your goods. Another important tip is to install alarms and security cameras to prevent your warehouses from being robbed and, of course, install all firefighting equipment to protect your goods in case there is a fire.
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